Hi everyone -
I\'m working on an orchestral piece using various sample libraries, and am continually trying to improve the quality to match commercial releases.
Although I\'ve written and recorded a lot of pop material (where approaching 0 db is very popular for airplay), I am thinking it\'s not so popular for orchestral work.
As a test, I imported track 2 from original LOTR soundtrack, which has a *volume* level / expressiveness that I am using on a new piece of mine.
Before, I would simply use compression, or multiband compression, or an ad-limiter to push my final mix up to 0 db.
However, track 2 of LOTR seems to hover around -9db, with peaks up around -7 and -5.8.
Is this one of the secrets of orchestral work with samples? Should I by trying to keep my *volume* in the range where other commercial works are?? And perhaps, as a result, avoid final mix compression/mb compression/etc?